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Ashdown Jones celebrates first year in business

Tim Farron and Sam Ashdown

[A] LOCAL estate agent celebrated its first birthday in an unusual way recently as it held a Lake District Monopoly themed party which welcomed over one hundred guests on the night. Business co-founder Sam Ashdown, spoke about the premise of the night which Tim Farron MP attended.

“We’ve worked extremely hard in our first year, but our success is not just thanks to that. We wanted to celebrate and give credit to the people, clients and businesses that make the Lake District the wonderfully encouraging place it is to start a business. The business community here is thriving and much of that is thanks to its open approach to supporting each other. As a young business, we thought it was important to forge even deeper links with local businesses and the quirky celebration helped us achieve it.”

Lakesopoly board game

Guests were invited to ‘play’ an oversized outdoor version of Monopoly, the board had been specially designed to reflect the Lake District. For example Mayfair was replaced by Low Wood Bay. Rather than causing the usual arguments, all those who played were treated to a gift from the business whose ‘square’ they landed on.

“It was a wonderful concept, created by events experts Flock. What blew us away was how generous contributing businesses were. People were taking home anything ranging from Lake District Pounds to overnight stays, boat trips or candles. Everyone who rolled was a winner! The idea was different, interactive and got people talking and was a great reflection of what we were trying to achieve.”

Ashdown Jones specialise in luxury Lake District properties and is the brainchild of Mother and Son-In-Law Team, Samantha Ashdown and Phil Jones. The pair now employ 4 people and are based in Windermere.

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